Monday, October 16, 2017

***** Site Closures Nordic and Quirke *****

We received the following communication from Debbie Berthelot;

Dear Pedestrian Trail Users,

Rio Algom Limited is conducting geotechnical drilling in support of periodic dam safety assessments at our Quirke and Nordic sites from now until mid-November.  We ask your support and cooperation in sharing this information with your club members and respect our request to close the Quirke and Nordic sites to pedestrian traffic from 16 October to 15 November inclusive.  Signs are being printed and will be posted at the gates.

Please contact me if you have any questions.


Canadian Site Manager

PO Box 38, Elliot Lake, ON, P5A 2J6
T: +1 705 848 0111   M: +1 705 261 2337  

Hike leaders, please DO NOT schedule hikes on either of these sites until after November 15th  

Crystal Lake, October 16th, 2017

commentary by Gayle, photos by Doug & Desiree
Even after the rain and wind the day before, the trail behind Frame Cr. remains beautiful. Lunch was enjoyed basking in the sun on a rock overlooking Crystal Lake. A big thank you to all those who came out on the hike to share this experience. PHOTOS

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cougar Mountain, Thursday, October 12th, 2017

commentary by Nickie, photos by Laura
Ten hikers joined Jean-Guy in a hike up to Cougar Mountain.  He had flagged the trail a few days before so we were able to comfortably follow the path to the scenic lookout.  The climb was a bit challenging but everyone enjoyed putting in the extra effort.  It was well worth it because, despite the lack of our usual bright fall colours, the view from the top was truly breathtaking. Thank you Jean-Guy for the time you put into preparing this outing. PHOTOS

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

*****Saturday October 21st hike*****

The hike planned for Saturday Oct 21 will be to Esten Beach, followed by chili and garlic bread at Judy and Aubrey’s, 100 Warsaw Place. Please let them know, by email to or by text to 437-344-2823 or 705-849-3836, so they can plan supplies.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

***** Hiker Chicks Dinner *****

This month’s hiker chicks dinner is at the Seventeen Restaurant in Blind River on Friday October 20th @ 5 pm. Please call or text Jackie to confirm. 416-560-7263

Sherriff Creek, Oct 10, 2017

Commentary and photos by Astrid
Ten hikers took to the trail to work off the Thanksgiving calories today.  We had a lovely ramble around Sherriff Creek, taking in parts of the blue, yellow and red trails.  We enjoyed a sunny lunch spot along the shore of Horne Lake before heading back to our cars.  PHOTOS

***** Thursday, Oct 12 Hike *****

Jean-Guy will be leading a hike up Cougar Mountain this coming Thursday. Please make sure you have sturdy footwear, running shoes won’t do it, and be prepared for a climb!  See you Thursday!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

***** CANCELLATION *****

Today’s hike is cancelled due to the weather 

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Lookout Tower, October 5th, 2017

commentary by Judy, photos by Linda and Desiree
Linda, Leonard, Art, Desiree, and Judy enjoyed the Fire Tower Lookout hike. The weather was ideal, cool and clear with a light breeze. Since no other leader turned up at the parking lot, Judy took her first session as hike leader. As she did not actually know the trail, Linda and Leonard served as guides. A good time was had by all.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017


Due to the wet conditions this morning, the highway cleanup HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  We'll try again another day...stay tuned!